Urban Design and the Legacy of Colin Rowe

Author: Ashley Johnston

Urban Design and the Legacy of Colin Rowe
An International Conference on Urban Design
Rome, 18th - 21st June 2014 


Colin Rowe is generally considered one of the most influential intellectuals and teachers of urban design in the twentieth century. In 1963-1964, Rowe began at Cornell University, the well-known program of Urban Design: a conceptual place that quickly became the reference of disciplinary exploration and intellectual springboard for the production of seminal works on the subject. On the fiftieth anniversary of the inauguration of the program, the New York Section of the National Institute of Urbanism promotes an international conference entitled "Urban design and the legacy of Colin Rowe," which aims to explore its contribution and its enduring significance in the discipline and profession in America and Italy. The conference is hosted by the Department of Architecture of the University of Roma Tre and will be held under the auspices of the Order of Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners and Conservationists in Rome and province, the National Institute of Urban Planning, the Centre for Studies on Culture and the Image of Rome and prestigious Italian and American academic institutions.

This conference will feature former students of Rowe many of them from the early years of the program, now involved-in scholarly and professional production and in academic education, as well as other distinguished American and Italian scholars and professionals who not have been deeply involved-in critically examining His urban design legacy..

In addition to reports, dealing with the still current meaning of the work of Rowe, there is a series of debates on specific topics, as well as a general discussion, open to contributions on the current state of theory and practice of urban design and its possible futures.


For additional information on the upcoming Colin Rowe conference, please visit http://colinroweconference.wordpress.com.